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Chamberlain Group Surgical Training Model Facilitates New Treatment for Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Date:3/17/2009

Eliminates Need for Cadavers and Accelerates Physician Training

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chamberlain Group, maker of anatomically accurate surgical training models, is improving how ENT physicians are trained using their new Maxillary Clinical Sinus Trainer. This innovative technology was recently designed for Minnesota-based Entellus Medical to train ENT surgeons on their new FinESS(TM) Sinus Treatment, a less-invasive treatment that breaks the cycle of chronic sinusitis with immediate relief and lasting results.

Tom Ressemann, CEO of Entellus Medical, said that the Maxillary Clinical Sinus Trainer has dramatically improved efficiencies in time and cost and in how Entellus trains physicians. "Before we had the Trainers, we had to fly physicians in for a training session to work on cadavers, which is a logistic and expensive challenge. The Trainer now allows Entellus to bring the training to physicians, which is much more convenient for these busy surgeons; and it saves time and money."

CRS affects over 35 million people in the U.S. resulting in 500,000 conventional sinus surgeries a year. FinESS Sinus Treatment is recommended for patients whose symptoms persist or return despite the use of antibiotics and steroids and who do not need, want or can't have extensive sinus surgery. FinESS does not require the removal of delicate bone or sinus tissue resulting in less bleeding and pain for the patient, and shortens recovery time to hours instead of days.

The treatment is performed with direct access to the affected sinus through a tiny entry point under the upper lip, known as the canine fossa. An endoscope is placed in the sinus pathway and a balloon is fed through the pathway to the treatment site and expanded. Clinical study results published in the American Journal of Rhinology prove the effectiveness of FinESS in keeping treated sinuses open with st
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